SINGAPORE – The American suspected of leaking personal information from 14,200 people in Singapore's HIV registry was located in a small county in Kentucky in the United States where he was accused of attempting to break into his mother's home.
Mikhy K Farrera-Brochez, 34, was arrested at his mother's home in Clark County in Winchester, Kentucky, in December last year, according to court and prison documents seen on NewsAsia.
The Singapore Health Ministry announced on Monday (Jan. 28) that Brochez had leaked the personal information of 14,200 HIV carriers online.
The former speaker was arrested in 2016 for lying about his HIV status to get a job pass in Singapore.
Brochez, who was also convicted of fraud and drug-related crimes, was sentenced to 28 months in prison.
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In April last year, he was deported from Singapore, but is now again wanted in connection with the data leak.
"We are seeking the assistance of our foreign colleagues in our investigations. It is inappropriate to comment on the case, as investigations are ongoing, "the Singapore Police Force said in a statement, without specifying any country.
Ms Camille Dawson, a spokeswoman for the US Embassy in Singapore, said the embassy could not comment on ongoing investigations.
TRESPASSE AND STOP
Brochez was arrested on December 8 last year at his mother's home, Teresa King, in Clark County, after she called the local sheriff's office to complain that he was knocking on her door.
Brochez had been warned on September 29 not to return to his mother's estate after he tried to force entry, or face being arrested for criminal transgression. But he returned on December 8 to her house.
"On arrival, this Member observed the suspect [Brochez] sitting on the balcony of the residence, "said the jail term.
"After talking to T. King, she warned that she did not want the suspect above on her property and that he had been warned in the past not to be on the property.
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"This deputy informed the suspect about the last warning and the suspect was instructed to leave several times, but the suspect continued to want to ask about T. King's ownership of him and want to speak to the sheriff."
He was then arrested, placed in custody and taken to the Clark County Detention Center. A spokesman for the detention center confirmed to Channel NewsAsia that Brochez was arrested and jailed.
Brochez was ordered to appear before the district court on February 18 to face charges of felony third-degree felony counts.
The records leaked online were 5,400 Singaporeans diagnosed with HIV from 1985 to January 2013 and 8,800 foreigners, including candidates and holders of work and visit passages, diagnosed with HIV from 1985 to December 2011.
It included their names, identification numbers, phone numbers, addresses, HIV test results, and medical information.
MOH said the information leaked and is still in the possession of Brochez, an HIV-positive American who lived in Singapore from 2008.
He was in a romantic relationship with Ler Teck Siang, a Singaporean physician who was head of the National Public Health Unit in MS between March 2012 and May 2013.
They started living together in Singapore in 2008, before getting married in New York on April 24, 2014.
Read has authority to access information from the HIV registry, and is believed to have tampered with the information incorrectly and is suspected of having failed to comply with policies and guidelines on the handling of such confidential information. He resigned in January 2014.
In May 2016, the Ministry of Health filed a police report after receiving information that Brochez still had confidential information from the registry.
By then, Brochez had been arrested in jail and sentenced to 28 months behind bars. He was deported last year and the Ministry of Health received information that he still had part of the records.
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Although the information was not yet public at the time, the police were informed and the affected individuals were contacted.
But on January 22, the MOH was informed by the police that Brochez still had some of the information and was now leaking online.
WHO IS BROCHEZ?
Brochez had cheated the Labor Ministry to get a job after arriving from America in 2008.
On two separate occasions, Ler gave a sample of his own blood to be submitted as Brochez, so that the American could conceal his HIV status.
But the ploy was discovered, and when police invaded their properties, they found several false education certificates allegedly issued to him.
These included a Vanderbilt University linguistics degree, a master's degree in developmental and child psychology, as well as a doctorate in psychology and education from the University of Paris. A professional teaching certificate was also seized. Investigations have shown that all have been forged.
A Bahamian passport, named Farrera-Brochez's Malatesta, was also found in a safe.
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Brochez had given presentations and lectures at several international conferences for academia and research. In a 2010 interview with a local newspaper, he claimed that he spoke eight languages and was a "successful laboratory mouse" of his mother, Teresa King, supposedly a renowned child psychology teacher in the UK.
But there was no psychologist in the UK with such qualifications. When the British newspaper The Independent contacted a registered psychologist in the United Kingdom, who qualified under the name given by Brochez, she said that Brochez was not her son and that she had no specialization in that particular area.